E-Rate (For Education)
Who Is Eligible to Apply for E-rate Funding?
Eligible applicants include public and most nonprofit K-12 schools as well as all public and private libraries.
E-rate 2.0 has increased funding to $3.9 billion and provides services and technologies to help propel schools and districts into the 21st century.
Filing on a timely manner is key for all eligible applicants to receiving funding, especially if done early. There are perks to filing early, too. If files are done early and correctly, your school or district could receive funding in the first wave of approvals.
What Services Are Eligible?
In summary, the Eligible Services List contains two categories of funding:
- Data Transmission Services and Internet Access
- Voice Services
- Internal Connections
- Managed Internal Broadband Services
- Basic Maintenance of Internal Networks
Start the application process today and get funding for your school.
Competitive Bidding—Begin the process by requesting bids from service providers. Your RFP and Form 470 will be posted for 28 days’ minimum (the competitive bidding period), during which time service providers will send you pricing bids.
Selecting Service Providers
Selecting Service Providers—After you close your competitive bidding process, you can evaluate the bids received and choose the bid that is the most cost-effective.
Applying for Discounts
Applying for Discounts—After you’ve chosen your provider, you’ll apply for funding using Form 471. Make sure to submit during the specified filing window.
Application Review—After you file and certify an FCC Form 471 within the filing window, Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) reviewers at USAC check the information on your form for completeness and accuracy and may have additional questions for you to answer.
Starting Services—Submit Form 486 after you’ve received your funding decision commitment letter (FDCL). Form 486 confirms that services have started and allows you to certify to the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
Invoicing—After USAC has processed your FCC Form 486, you or your service provider can begin the process of invoicing USAC for the discount share of the approved eligible services, using either SPI or BEAR method.
Better Technology. Better Education.
IITG has worked with many schools to help them take full advantage of E-rate funding available in their districts. IITG believes in improving technology for kids in education and stands behind our commitment to help foster technology innovation for future generations.
IITG offers the following tools to help. Feel free to use any of the tools below to secure funding for your school.